Category Archives: Facility Shutdown

Ricin: A Threat Yes But Not Often Fatal

Ricin was found this week on letters at two separate prison mailrooms in California.  Ricin, naturally found in castor beans, is extremely toxic and easily refined into the deadly poison.  This toxin has been used in warfare, although some applications violated ethical conventions, and assassinations since World War One. How did ricin get into two […]

Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD): A Legitimate Threat Without the Fanfare

While everyone has heard of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) either through the news, movies, or personal experiences, a surprisingly small number have heard of Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD). An RDD combines a traditional explosive with radioactive material and has the potentiality to contaminate an entire work environment. RDDs and other similar radiological threats are just […]

“Unknown White Powder” A Rising Threat

Unknown white powder.

Suspicious White Powder: It’s Not Just an Anthrax Threat If you are watching the headlines it is getting more and more apparent that “suspicious white powder” is a legitimate concern and a rising threat. The numbers are on the rise, consistently in the news and yet these events seem to go by without any significant […]

Global Security Intelligence Report 12/14/2018

Only the major events make the headlines, but if you are staying in tune with security news around the world then you know how often these things happen.  Here are some stories we’ve tracked over the past two weeks: In Norway, a man was arrested for sending packages containing explosives to a police station. In […]

Global Security Incident News 11/30/18

Global Incident News Exclusively For RAYSECUR™ Customers & VIP List Members We collect and send security threatening news covered by RAYSECUR™  team directly to your inbox. This is closed group exclusively for our customers and people manually added upon request. Request Free Enrollment In the past two weeks we have seen many instances of mail threats […]

“Postal Terrorism” Surprisingly Common

Hazmat response to a white powder letter in San Antonio, TX

Postal Terrorism has led the headlines recently because of the pipe bomb letters from October.  Nothing makes headlines more than the word “bomb”.  When it’s such a high profile case as the letter bombs from October, everyone is on edge for a bit.  After a while, we start to focus on other news stories and […]

Reflections – October Mail Bomb Attempts

The last two weeks were crazy. The country is on high alert in the aftermath of the letter bombing attempts targeting members of the Democratic party, the media, and liberals in general.  The suspect, Cesar Sayoc, made his first court appearance on Monday.  But reports are still coming in from across the country about new […]

White Powder, Unknown Substance, Letter Bombs

White Powder, Letter Bombs

When it comes to mail room security, it’s a cat and mouse game.  There is no perfect one-size-fits-all solution.  Whether it’s suspicious powder, or letter bombs, the goal in mail room security is to be as diligent as possible.  Mail rooms are still the weakest link in physical security.  This week we’ve seen more examples […]

Package Forces Brief Evacuation of Ted Cruz’s Headquarters

HOUSTON — A spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says a package addressed to Cruz’s Houston campaign headquarters caused a lockdown, which was later lifted. The Houston Fire Department says two people were taken to a hospital Tuesday after apparently being exposed to a “white powdery substance,” though it didn’t provide details about the two […]

Ricin detected in mail sent to Pentagon

Two pieces of mail delivered to the Pentagon mail facility on Monday have initially tested positive for ricin, according to a US defense official. The two suspicious envelopes were addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and to Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, the official told CNN. The mail facility is in a […]

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